I recently upgraded to a GPS unit that has text-to-speech, which our first one didn’t have. The first one said “In point four miles, turn right.” The new one says, “In point four miles, turn right on highway four hundred forty one.” And that’s not only more information (and I am all for more information), it is, for some reason, continually hilarious to me. I mean, we humans ’round here call it four-forty-one. But ever since the new GPS came to roost on my dashboard, my husband and I delight in asking each other if we’ll be turning on “high-way four hundred forty one.”
It’s true, we are easily amused.
Nonetheless, I still really appreciate the text-to-speech feature on a pragmatic level. Sometimes there are multiple roads, and it’s handy to hear which one you’re looking for.
Today Buy.com has the refurbished TomTom ONE 130S on sale for $75 shipped. It has great reviews both there and at Amazon (where a new one will run you close to $130), and I can still remember when a GPS with text-to-speech for under $100 was just craziness.
You kids today, you have it too easy. You and your highway four hundred forty one. Hmph.